Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Did a "2nd French jihadist" really appear in jihadist video?

Read more

DEBATE

Al-Sisi's Egypt: Is the Crackdown Justified?

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

'Consult-Station', the world's first telehealth booth

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Talal Abu Gazaleh, the "Godfather of Arab accounting"

Read more

FOCUS

Little support in Iran for nuclear negotiations with West

Read more

ENCORE!

Pierre Cardin's new Paris museum

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Obama to take executive action on immigration

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Probe into 'second French jihadist'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Forget bony, perky and perfect Barbie. Meet 'normal Barbie'!

Read more

Americas

Haiti’s Martelly suffers new setback

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-03

Haiti’s new President Michel Martelly suffered another set back Tuesday after a majority in the Senate rejected his choice of primer minister. This is the second time in two months that his choice of prime minister has been rejected.

REUTERS - Lawmakers rejected Haitian President Michel Martelly’s new choice for prime minister on Tuesday, blocking his efforts to install a government and move ahead with rebuilding a chronically poor country shattered by last year’s earthquake.

Sixteen members of the 30-seat Haitian Senate voted to reject Bernard Gousse, a controversial lawyer and former justice minister. The vote capped a long and rancorous debate in the upper house of the nation’s parliament.

It was the second rejection of Martelly’s choice for premier in less than two months and marked a messy start to his young presidency. His previous candidate for the prime minister’s post, economist and businessman Daniel Rouzier, was rejected by the chamber of deputies on June 21.

Martelly, a former pop star, came to office with no previous political experience. He was elected in March on populist promises to turn Haiti into a Caribbean success story after decades of crushing poverty and dictatorship.

Martelly’s background as an irreverent and successful star of Haiti’s catchy Kompa carnival music helped bolster his support among voters fed up with politics as usual in Haiti.

The rejection of Gousse, who served in an interim government that came to power in the politically volatile nation in 2004, came as little surprise after 16 members of the Senate signed a recent public statement opposing his selection as prime minister.

The same 16 senators voted against Gousse on Tuesday night, dashing his chances to head Martelly’s government.

 

Date created : 2011-08-03

  • HAITI

    Martelly sworn in as president in Haiti

    Read more

  • HAITI

    Panel recommends legislative results be set aside

    Read more

  • HAITI

    UN 'concerned' over legislative election results

    Read more

COMMENT(S)